Retired editor of the Des Moines Register, Richard Doak, is concerned about the welfare of the GOP.Â He says to restore the GOPs greatness donâ€™t look to Reagan, instead look further in the past to Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt.
Thanks for the history lesson Mr. Doak, upon reading your column I began to wonder if you think that todayâ€™s GOP wouldnâ€™t care about slavery?Â While you donâ€™t come right out and say it, that does seem to be implied.
Also implied is the same tired mantra that the GOP doesnâ€™t care about â€œthe common folk.â€Â What I fail to understand is how increasing taxes on businesses that employ â€œthe common folk,â€ diminishing the quality of health care which â€œthe common folkâ€ benefit from, and seeing products and energy bills of â€œthe common folkâ€ increase somehow benefits â€œthe common folkâ€?
You write at the end, and I swear the Democratic Party is feeding you its talking points, this:
It has no sense of caring for the common folk. It knows no problem that can’t be solved with another tax break for the rich. It knows no infrastructure projects that are better than tax cuts. It believes any curb on the rapaciousness of corporations is un-American.
It believes preserving the principle of private-sector health insurance is more important than letting people choose a cheaper, government-run option. It is hostile to public education, the one American invention that has done more for the common people than any other.
The philosophy of this modern Republican Party prevailed in America for the last quarter century – and it produced epic disaster.
Now the party is in the wilderness, and its partisans cry out that the only way out is to stick with the philosophy that produced the disaster.
Wouldn’t it be better to acknowledge failure and think again, start over again?
I know youâ€™d rather see the party look to dependence on government programs rather than personal responsibility and voluntary charity.Â Youâ€™d love to see a health care system like what Canada and the United Kingdom experience.Â I know you believe that public education is the salvation of mankind, but when will you recognize that it is hopelessly broken and needs competition?
With the wild spending going on at our statehouse and in Washington we wonâ€™t have to worry about â€œtax cuts for the rich,â€ as weâ€™ll soon experience tax increases for everybody in order to pay for this spending spree government has going on.Â Weâ€™ll see how well increasing taxes on business will help increase employment as well.Â But, I know, privately created jobs wonâ€™t help â€œthe common folkâ€ nearly as much as a taxpayer-funded government program.
To you Iâ€™m sure that this would seem like it would restore the health of a two-party system, but it would destroy it.Â We would have instead Democrats and Democrat-Lite.Â What we need right now is fiscal discipline, smaller government, lower taxesâ€¦ the people seem to get it right now even if you donâ€™t.
Originally posted at Caffeinated Thoughts